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Blowing Rock Brewing Company | Blowing Rock
On a cold mountain day, warm up with a bison burger and an award-winning beer at Blowing Rock Ale House. Inside the former home-turned-taproom and inn, you’ll find a stone fireplace, comfy chairs, and 15 brews on tap. Try the seasonal Winding River Juniper Rye Ale: Floral and evergreen hops blend with juniper berries and green peppercorns for a smooth body and an earthy, bitter finish.

152 Sunset Drive
Blowing Rock, NC 28605
(828) 414-9600

Beech Mountain Brewery | Beech Mountain
Stomp the snow off your boots and warm your hands in front of the large fireplace at Beech Mountain Brewery. You don’t have to put in a long day of skiing to drink a beer here, but you certainly have the option –– this is one of the only craft breweries in the nation that is located at a ski resort. Even if winter sports aren’t your thing, you can lounge in the cozy mountain lodge while sipping a Beech Blonde Ale.

1007 Beech Mountain Parkway
Beech Mountain, NC 28604
(828) 387-2011

Fortnight Brewing Co. | Cary
Like any British pub worth its salt, Fortnight Brewing Co. encourages lingering over a pint and chatting with locals. But unlike a visit to a pub in Britain, you don’t need a passport to visit. Comfy barstools, leather couches, and a roaring fire add to the classy yet cozy feel of this English-style brewery. If you’re in the mood for something that will warm you up on an icy day, try one of their homemade kombucha beers. Or go a more traditional route with their award-winning chocolate-and-coffee Pendragon Porter.

1006 Southwest Maynard Road
Cary, NC 27511
(919) 342-6604

Brown Truck Brewery | High Point
Who says frosty temperatures have to put an end to patio weather? Cozy up by the firepit at Brown Truck Brewery, where twinkle lights illuminate comfortable couches on an outdoor patio. Their spiced Belgian Winter Ale, with hints of ginger, malt, and orange peel, will warm your belly as the fire warms your hands.

1234 North Main Street
High Point, NC 27262
(336) 886-1234

Trollingwood Taproom and Brewery | Greenville
If you’re looking for warm Southern hospitality on a winter day, settle in at Trollingwood. The charming venue –– a restored 1924 building with exposed brick peeking through the walls –– is intimate and inviting, and often features live music. Order a bag of chips to snack on while sipping the Skullville Jalapeño Pale Ale, which tastes like a fresh pepper without being too spicy.

707 Dickinson Avenue
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 210-6295

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Piper Anderson was one of Our State's fall 2018 editorial interns.